Hacking the debate

Tonight I watched the second presidential debate at Current TV’s Hack the Debate, a video mashup of a live video feed combined with a text overlay of comments (aka Tweets) submitted by Twitter users. I also had Twitter’s election page running in a separate window.

While it wasn’t apparent that all Tweets submitted to Hack the Debate would appear – it would be almost impossible given the amount submitted – It was amazing how quickly Twitter picked up and posted my notes. Watching the backchannel happen in real-time was mesmerizing. The comments were thought-provoking, random, and often downright hilarious (“my friends, has anyone seen my green sweater?”).

Election coverage at Twitter

Current TV

The Pop-Down Project

Catching up on PSFK tonight, I found a great piece on a group dubbed the Pop-Down Project. Originating from France and now nearly 500 strong globally, the subversive art group likens real world advertising to internet pop-up ads. Their trademark, a large “X” affixed to the upper right hand corner – similar to what you’d find on a pop-up ad online – is downloadable from their site in template form.

TV on the Radio on the Internet

I was never a huge fan of TV on the Radio. In fact, I recall seeing them perform at Avalon a few years ago and distinctly thinking “meh”. However their new album Dear Science really resonates with me and is in seriously heavy rotation.

Watch the interview with Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe conducted backstage with Jools Holland of the BBC.

Also, watch out for Tunde who plays a major role in Jonathan Demme’s new film Rachel Getting Married.

Opportunity and Innovation: The Future of Digital Music

The most significant thing that struck me at Digital Music Forum West over the past two days is that despite the dismal state of the music industry – and the economy as a whole – there’s tremendous opportunity for growth right now in digital music.

The opportunity is large and out there for creators, investors, and artists who are willing to take risks through experimentation and outside-of-the-proverbial-box thinking. I found the panels to be inspiring because something exciting is percolating under the surface this time around. Discussions were less about policy – and more about the encouragement of creating and discovering something new.

Many of the new tools invoke change and are on the cusp of something great all while taking the needs of the listener/user in mind.

Buzzwords: pandora, imeem, recommendation, discovery, user generated content, tags, API, ad supported, niche.

As listeners increasingly participate in the process of music selection, recommendation and playback, I wonder if editorial heavy sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum will eventually be edged out by sites like Hype Machine (blogs aggregator), playlist.com and The Filter (discovery), all of which empower the user to find and share new music on their own.

What do you think?